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Android 4.1.2 roll out continues, we take a spin

by on18 October 2012

Not much to talk about really

Google is currently rolling out the Android 4.1.2 OTA update to select Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S models, but thanks to carriers, many users will have to wait for a few more weeks.

We won’t. The update landed on our old GT-i9023 Nexus S last night and we can report that it’s truly a minor update, so Jelly Bean users aren’t missing that much. The update addresses stability issues and fixes some bugs, but to be honest we didn’t see any.


The only noticeable change is the ability to expand and collapse notifications with one finger. It works well, but collapsing notifications takes some getting used to, as you have to drag them down, then up again. It is a bit counterintuitive, but it is a welcome addition to the notification system, especially if you are carrying some shopping or a bag.


The 4.1.2 update brings landscape orientation on the Nexus 7 launcher, but of course this does not extend to phones. So, unless you have a Nexus 7, there is no reason to go for a manual update, it’s just not worth it.

The official changelog is still not out, or we haven’t been able to find one, but it’s quite clear this is a minor, incremental update. As far as performance and stability go, we did not notice any changes whatsoever.

Android 4.2 specualtion is rampant and it is believed the new update will feature an additional notification bar for quick settings along with more substantial tweaks to the rest of the OS. However, at this point it is unclear what to expect and when. The upcoming Nexus 4 could shed more light on Google’s plans, provided it actually launches with Android 4.2 and we are not sure it will.

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